Where do roads impact Gopher Tortoise conservation in Georgia?

            In Georgia, roads are a pervasive landscape feature. The ever expanding road network connects cities and winds through almost every corner of the state.  This dense road network is spurred on by Georgia’s increasing population, which has grown by over a million residents in the last 10 years to a total of over 10.6 […]

Six years of Spotted Turtle Monitoring

We recently wrapped up our sixth consecutive year surveying for Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) in Georgia. This year was exceptionally challenging with dry conditions hampering survey efforts in late April and May. Many wetlands favored by Spotted Turtles were completely dry well before the end of the sampling season. A stark contrast to last season […]

Coral Snakes and their Mimics

Show someone from the southeastern U.S. a red, black, and yellow (or white) banded snake and a large portion of them will recite some version of the well-known rhyme meant to help distinguish Eastern Coral Snakes (Micrurus fulvius) from species with a similar appearance. Red on yellow kill a fellow. Red on black friend of […]

Exploring South Carolina’s Lowcountry

            Spring has officially arrived with the promise of warmer weather and longer days. This year we will be spending a majority of the spring and early summer working on several Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) research projects. The Orianne Society began working with Spotted Turtles all the way back in 2014 when we began monitoring […]

An Indigo Snake survey season for the record books

            As spring arrives in southern Georgia, we recently wrapped up the Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) survey season.  From November 2018 ­through February 2019, we surveyed 20 sites for indigo snakes, visiting each site on three occasions.  Sixty surveys in four months does not sound like a lot, but it is always a good […]